We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Hatchadoorian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa, what are you inspired by?
Innovative, out of the box thinking within an already existing structure. One example of this is how we think about public art. Historically it has been monument focused and static structure focused as well as more passive in how viewers see the art. One public art project that I’ve never forgotten, which is so inspirational to me was a project in a small town in the southeast. Instead of creating a decorative object, the public art was poetry about the town tattooed on the town residents so that they became walking embodiments of the values of the community that they lived in and celebrated.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started out as a musician and dancer and then switched to arts administration and curating. Museums have long been my refuge and fascinated me by the objects that held so much history and the story that gets written and rewritten about that history. It is never static for me. As a museum director, it is the most challenging position that I have had and it is ever changing. I love seeing people’s eyes and hearts open to the power of art and creativity. As far as getting to where I am today, I don’t know if it was easy or hard, it takes some introspection when you think you’re at a career crossroads and you want to switch from curating to being a director and what that might look like. I’m always afraid to be thought of as a fraud or lacking in certain skills. I have had the privilege of being able to chart my own course creatively with exhibitions and artists that I have wanted to work with. One thing I know, is that I’ve never settled for status quo. I’m always challenging myself to grow and push past boundaries of my introverted personality. It causes some angst but I’ve learned the most from the most challenging situations that put me into conflict (which I hate). I find that it is my vocation to bring artist’s work to the world to a broader audience.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This would be a food, art, nature trip. North to Laramie and the Snowys for a gorgeous alpine hike, the south to Steamboat for some food and a soak. Through the Poudre Canyon for some high water then to Fort Collins for some art and music. Then to Boulder to stay at the Chautauqua cabins at the Flatirons. Then through Rocky Mountain National Park to see Sky Pond and a glacier. Then onto Aspen for more hiking and the Aspen Art Museum and some music.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Mom and Dad. My deep love and appreciation for the arts, culture and nature came from early exposure from them. I wouldn’t have a career in the arts if it wasn’t for their influence.
Cheryl Rogers, Tom McFarland